About

Favel Parrett is an writer based in Victoria, Australia.

In 2011, Favel Parrett’s career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut PAST THE SHALLOWS. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel herself won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012.

Her next novel, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel’s reputation with booksellers and readers.

Favel’s short stories have been published in various journals including IslandGriffith Review and Wet Ink.

THERE WAS STILL LOVE is Favel’s eagerly awaited third novel.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MELBOURNE
Tuesday 19th November, 7pm: Wine 1160
1160 High Street, Armadale

LAUNCESTON, TAS
Monday 25th November, 6pm: Petrarch’s Bookshop
89 Brisbane Street, Launceston

FAIRFIELD, VIC
Wednesday 4th December, 7pm: Fairfield Books
117A Station St, Fairfield

THERE WAS STILL LOVE

Available Now

A love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance.

PRAGUE, 1938: Eva flies down the street. A man steps out suddenly. She runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps Eva, but his hate will change everything, as war forces so many lives into small brown suitcases.

PRAGUE, 1980: No one sees Ludek. A young boy can slip right under the heavy blanket that covers this city – the fear cannot touch him. Ludek is free. And he sees everything. The world can do what it likes. The world can go to hell for all he cares because Babi is waiting for him in the warm flat. She is his whole world.

MELBOURNE, 1980: Malá Liška’s grandma holds her hand as they climb the stairs to their third-floor flat. Inside, the smell of warm pipe tobacco and homemade cakes. Here, Mána and Bill have made a life for themselves and their granddaughter. A life imbued with the spirit of Prague and the loved ones left behind.

THERE WAS STILL LOVE is an unforgettable story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love.
No matter what.

‘A beautifully crafted book from a wonderful storyteller. It sings with humanity.’
SARAH WINMAN

WHEN THE NIGHT COMES

“Blue white ice that floats on a moving sea
It is the opposite of grey
It is the opposite of everything I had known”

Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and exquisitely told story about the moments that change us and the moments that save us.

Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother’s sadness and the cold, damp grey of Hobart’s stone streets seeps into everything.

Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all – of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest, coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is possible to go anywhere, be anything.

But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all.

For Isla, those two long summers will change everything.

Publishers

HACHETTE AUSTRALIA
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

HODDER & STOUGHTON – UK
HARD COVER & PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

HOFFMANN UND CAMPE – GERMANY
HARD COVER
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

PIPER – GERMANY
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

SIMON & SCHUSTER – USA
HARD COVER & PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

PH MEDIER – DENMARK
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

PRAH – CZECH REPUBLIC
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

‘WHEN THE NIGHT COMES’ AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE

“When The Night Comes” is now available in audiobook format, narrated by acclaimed actors Marta Dusseldorp and Ben Winspear.

PAST THE SHALLOWS

Past the Shallows is a hauntingly beautiful story of the bond of brotherhood and the fragility of youth. Told with an elegant simplicity, this is the story of two brothers growing up in a fractured family on the wild Tasmanian coast. The consequences of their parents’ choices shape their lives and ultimately bring tragedy to them all.

Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn’t helping out on the boat they explore the coast and Miles and his older brother, Joe, love to surf. Harry is afraid of the water.

Everyday their dad battles the unpredictable ocean to make a living. He is a hard man, a bitter drinker who harbours a devastating secret that is destroying him. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to leave home and so are forced to live under the dark cloud of their father’s mood, trying to stay as invisible as possible whenever he is home. Harry, the youngest, is the most vulnerable and it seems he bears the brunt of his father’s anger.

“If you read only one book this year, make sure it’s this”.
The Sunday Times

“This book is that rare thing, a finely crafted literary novel that is genuinely moving and full of heart”.
The Age

Publishers

HACHETTE AUSTRALIA
9780733626579
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

HODDER & STOUGHTON – UK
9781848547506
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

HOFFMANN UND CAMPE – GERMANY
978-3-455-40434-0
HARD COVER
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

PIPER – GERMANY
978-3-455-40434-0
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

GRAN VIA – ITALY
978-8895492261
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

SIMON & SCHUSTER – USA
9781476754871
PAPERBACK
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION

‘PAST THE SHALLOWS’ AUDIOBOOK NOW AVAILABLE

Favel Parrett’s award-winning debut novel, “Past the Shallows” is now available in audiobook format, narrated by acclaimed actor David Wenham.

‘PAST THE SHALLOWS’ TEACHERS NOTES

Awards

When the Night Comes

Winner
Antarctic Arts Fellowship

Shortlisted
Literary Fiction Book of the Year,
Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) 2015

Shortlisted
Fiction, The Indie Books Awards 2015

Shortlisted
ALS Gold Medal 2015

Shortlisted
ABA’s Booksellers Choice Award 2015

Longlisted
Miles Franklin Award 2015

Past the Shallows

Winner
Newcomer of the Year,
Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) 2012

Winner
Dobbie Literary Award 2012

Shortlisted
Miles Franklin Award 2012

Shortlisted
Book of the Year,
Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) 2012

Shortlisted
Literary Book of the Year,
Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) 2012

Shortlisted
Debut Fiction, The Indie Awards 2012

Shortlisted
ABA’s Bookseller’s Choice Award 2012

Latest Publications

Melbourne, 1980
Island Magazine – Issue 157
July 2019

Dear Santa
December 2018

The Gherkin Jar
The Griffith Review – Issue 61
“Who We Are”
August 2018

Standing Still on Kangaroo Island
Remember the Wild, May 2018

Contact

Publicist (Australia) – Anna Egelstaff (Hachette): anna.egelstaff@hachette.com.au

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